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South Korea Restores On-site Inspection of Foreign Food Facility

After a two-year remote inspection, the Ministry of Food and Drugs Safety (MFDS) announced to restore on-site inspection on foreign food facilities in 2022.1

The authority intends to inspect 490 foreign food facilities located in 35 countries. These facilities are designated to undergo on-site inspection for their products are likely to pose risks to humans or are the most consumed food products.

Background Information


"Foreign food facility" means a facility located abroad where imported food is produced, manufactured, processed, treated, packaged, or stored, etc.


As per Article 6 of the Imported Food Act2, MFDS may conduct an on-site inspection for a foreign food facility in any of the following cases:

(1) Where MFDS deems that an on-site inspection is necessary to prevent hazards in imported food;

(2) Where MFDS deems that it is necessary to confirm facts about safety information on imported food, etc., collected at home and abroad.


For more information about Foreign Food Facility, please refer to ChemLinked Articles:

Registration of Foreign Food Facilities in South Korea

FAQs about South Korean Foreign Food Facility Registration


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